Veterinary Orthopedic Society News
May 2019 - In This Issue:
Colleagues at the VOS 2019 Conference
Cara Blake, Mich Powers, and Wendy Baltzer enjoy catching up at the VOS 2019 Conference at Breckenridge.
Thank You for Your Feedback!
Dear VOS members,

I want to thank all of you who took the time to respond to our annual member survey. Your responses gave us great insight into what we are doing well and into those areas where you would like to see change. Our goal is to increase the value of your VOS membership and to assure that the annual conference provides the best science as well as the best opportunities for all of us to network, socialize, and enjoy the great outdoors. We are now working on revisions for the 2020 conference, addressing your requests.

For example, several of you requested that we provide more information about activities that can be enjoyed beyond downhill skiing. Sun Valley Resort, our 2020 locale, provides many winter sports options, including a state-of-the-art Nordic ski center where cross country skiing and snowshoeing is among the best in the U.S. with a range of trails to explore, expert coaching available, and premium rental gear. There is a great ice skating center at the Sun Valley Lodge. It is home to Olympic and world-class skaters and is open to the public. How about a sleigh ride into the hills? Or fly fishing in the nearby streams? Prefer indoor sports? The Sun Valley Lodge has a great bowling alley with arcade games for young and old.

We are, of course, focusing upon the science. José García-López and Caleb Hudson are preparing a great conference, with an emphasis upon those topics that you have requested. We had great response to the new "rapid fire poster presentations" session and well as our returning feature: Imaging Rounds. Many of you expressed interest in our adding a "rapid fire case presentations" session ... we're working on this!

Janet Van DykeMark your calendar today for the 2020 conference at Sun Valley Resort on February 1-8, 2020. Football fans: We are editing our normal Sunday schedule to accommodate the Super Bowl on February 2. Lectures will begin earlier in the day, and we will have a great Super Bowl Party as part of our Exhibitors' Showcase, including wonderful food and drinks with large projection screens so we can see every exciting play from pre-game through half-time.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your president this year! 
Janet Van Dyke
VOS 2020 Conference 
February 1-8, 2020     
Sun Valley, Idaho  
Save the dates, and join us next year in beautiful Sun Valley! Registration will open in the fall, and we will also provide links to make lodging and travel reservations.
Abstract Deadline: Call for papers for the 2020 Conference will open on July 1, 2019, and close on September 15, 2019, for both podium presentations and posters.
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Sleigh ride at Sun Valley
Sleigh ride at Sun Valley. Photo: Kevin Syms, courtesy of Sun Valley Resort.

Janet Van Dyke
Jeff Godwin
Past President
Ross Palmer
President Elect
Cara Blake
Raviv Balfour
Past Treasurer
Jen Warnock
Nina Kieves
Advertising / Publicity / Sponsor Chair
José M. García-López
Scientific Program
Caleb Hudson
Scientific Program, Assistant Chair
Jason Syrcle 
Ashlee Watts 
Mich Powers
Exhibit Chair
Wanda Gordon-Evans
Director, Educational Foundation
Brenda Salinardi
Assistant Director, Educational Foundation 
Maralyn R. Probst
Executive Secretary


Veterinary Orthopedic Society

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Telephone: 720-335-6051   






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2020 47th Annual VOS Conference 
February 1-8, 2020
Sun Valley, Idaho 

2021 48th Annual VOS Conference 
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We are looking for advice to pass on to those who are interviewing for their first jobs as surgeons. If you have any advice as someone that has recently interviewed for their first job or has had to interview people for their first job, please email Jen Warnock, Communication Chair, at We will share responses in an upcoming newsletter article.
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by Nina Kieves
Advertising / Publicity / Sponsor Chair

Discount symbols VOS is pleased to announce a partnership with several of our sponsors to offer VOS members some great discounts on labs and equipment throughout the year! Our newest discount for VOS members comes from GingerLead!

This new program is a great perk for our VOS members, and we could not do it without our fantastic sponsors! Please consider what our sponsors do for VOS whenever making a purchase, even during the year, not just at the conference! We want to thank them for their on-going support and hope you will too by choosing them as your preferred vendors!

Current Sponsor Offers
For complete details about these discounts, please see the Sponsor Discounts page on the VOS website.

Sponsors, please contact Nina Kieves if you'd like to partner with VOS!
Veterinary research Are you interested in conducting clinical research, but aren't sure how to get started or overcome the specific challenges you face? 
Don't miss the opportunity to take an online/interactive course titled Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research, taught by Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR. Chris is the current president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and has spent more than 30 years conducting research and training PhD students at Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine.
This 11-week course will be held September 9 through November 18, 2019 and is limited to 15 students.
VOS members receive a 10% discount on tuition, and residents who are VOS members get a 25% discount! 
For more information on this valuable course, please visit the Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research course page.
Breckenridge mountain
The VOS 2019 Conference at Breckenridge came with spectacular mountain views.
Pearl of wisdom VOS members: Do you have a surgical tip or trick you have figured out, or pearls of wisdom you would like to share? The VOS newsletter wants to get you published and share your wisdom! Send your name and practice location, and your pearl of wisdom, and any helpful photos or images, and we will publish it in the VOS newsletter. At the end of the year, the VOS member who submits the best bit of wisdom will win a $100 discount off the conference registration for the 2020 VOS meeting. Send your entries to
VCOT Open cover Did you know that Thieme, the publisher of the Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT) journal, started an open-access companion journal called VCOT Open last year? VCOT Open publishes review articles, original research as well as case reports concerning the various aspects of veterinary clinical and comparative orthopaedics and traumatology. 
All articles in VCOT Open are made freely available for all to read and download. 
Please see the VCOT Open page on the Thieme website for more details.
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Assistant / Associate Professor (2 Positions), Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University has two full-time (12-month) Assistant or Associate Professor Positions in Small Animal Surgery. Details, access (keyword veterinary). A background check is required for employment by the University.
Purdue University is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Residency-Trained or Board-Certified Surgeon, Mission, Kansas
Mission Veterinary Emergency and Specialty (MVES) seeks a residency trained or board certified surgeon to join our growing team. Our state-of-the-art 22,000 sq. ft. facility is fully equipped and has a well-trained team of 40+ to support our Specialists in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Emergency/Critical Care and ER veterinarians. In-house laboratory, full service ICU, CT, endoscopy, diagnostic ultrasound, digital radiology, large operating suites and off-site MRI.
Our specialists work together in a cooperative and collaborative environment. Competitive compensation and a fantastic benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, 401(k), CE, Paid Vacation and more! For more information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, Metro New York City Area
Animal Specialty Center in the metro New York City Area (Yonkers) is seeking a Surgeon to join our growing practice. Our well established state of the art hospital sees a robust and diverse caseload. We are a collaborative hospital that values its team and understands what a work/life balance means for the health and well-being of everyone in our practice. We encourage professional growth and development for all of our team members.
Competitive compensation along with a generous benefits package that includes healthcare, continuing education, PTO and more! Signing, relocation and referral bonuses offered. For information contact or 805-404-3581.


Boarded or Residency Trained Surgeon, Wichita, Kansas
Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita seeks a boarded or residency trained surgeon to join our growing team. We are expanding our specialty services and relocating to a new 16,000 square foot state of the art facility. Established and diverse caseload as the only referral center in the area. Our dedicated and skilled team work in a collaborative and fun environment while providing the gold standard in care.
We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package, including sign on and relocation bonuses. Come see all that Wichita has to offer. For more information contact or 805-404-3581.


Board-Certified Surgeon, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Woburn, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital is looking for a board-certified surgeon, with a minimum of five years' experience, and a special interest and/or advanced training in orthopedics.
Our 36,000 square-foot hospital is home a premier level 1 emergency and specialty center. The surgery department consists of 5 surgeons and is equipped with 5 surgical suites, a full complement of Stryker and Surgical Direct scoping equipment, New Generation locking fracture and TPLO systems, Ligasure, digital radiography with monitors in each surgical suite, fluoroscopy, 64 slice CT and a 1.5T MRI.
Interested candidates can send their CV to Dr. Jennifer Brisson, DVM, DACVR, Associate Medical Director, at


Visiting Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University has a one-year visiting assistant professor position available May 1, 2019. A background check is required for employment by the University. For details,
Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Boarded or Residency Trained Surgeon, New England Animal Medical Center (NEAMC), West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
The New England Animal Medical Center (NEAMC) in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts seeks a boarded or residency trained surgeon to join our growing team. Interest to help drive residency program welcomed.
Our fully equipped teaching facility includes 24/7 ER, Board Certified Specialists in Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Cardiology and a 6-doctor General Practice. Full time position includes a generous salary, full benefits, paid time off, sick leave, CE, professional dues/licensure, 401k and employee pet care benefits!
Come join our progressive, collaborative and amazing hospital that cultivates your growth as a clinician! For information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, Veterinary Surgical Specialists
Veterinary Surgical Specialists seeks a Surgeon to expand our team! We are a thriving specialty practice serving the Northwest region's referring veterinary community and pet owners. Our team of specialists includes radiologists, surgeons, internist, clinical pathologist and a dermatologist. After hours/weekend care is provided at our emergency clinic staffed with six emergency veterinarians. We are a tight-knit collegial group who work collaboratively to provide outstanding services to our community.
We offer competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, short/long term disability, 401K, CE allowance, professional licensing, professional liability insurance, and association dues.
For more information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital (NIVES), Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital (NIVES) in Fort Wayne, Indiana seeks a surgeon to join our team!
We are committed to providing state-of-the-art orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic, neurologic, thoracic and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Modern operating rooms, advanced equipment and dedicated technical staff ensure high quality, progressive care. We are the largest AAHA hospital in Northern Indiana and the only Level II Certified Critical Care facility in the state with specialties in Surgery, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine, Feline practice, radiology telemed consult and an experienced ER & critical care team.
For information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists
Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS) is seeking a surgeon to join our growing team!
We complement a variety of progressive specialty teams at multiple locations including internal medicine, cardiology, emergency/critical care, neurology, ophthalmology and dentistry. Our state of the art referral only practice is equipped with digital radiography, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, Tate elbow replacement, Synthes, NGD, and SOP plating systems, THR (CFX, BFX, and Helica), and TPLO / TTA instrumentation to support orthopedic, soft tissue and neurological cases. Practice high quality surgery and medicine in a busy collegial atmosphere. Excellent compensation and benefits package. For more information contact or 805-404-3581.


Surgeon, Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital, Massachusetts
Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital in Massachusetts seeks a Surgeon for our growing team! Our thriving Specialty practice provides 24-hour emergency and specialty services including Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Critical Care. We are a tight-knit collaborative team providing surgical services to our referring veterinary community and emergency department caseload.
We offer advanced imaging (CT and fluoroscopy), digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, ventilators, complete in-house lab, wireless telemetry, I-stat, full blood services and more.
Competitive compensation/benefits package including 401k, CE, health, dental, life insurance, disability insurance, moving stipend and potential signing bonus. For more information contact or 805-404-3581.


Small Animal Surgeon, City of Lakes Veterinary Surgery, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
City of Lakes Veterinary Surgery logo City of Lakes Veterinary Surgery is seeking an additional small animal surgeon or small animal surgery residency-trained individual for our practice in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota.
We are a "lifestyle" oriented, primarily mobile practice. There is no weekend, evening, or on-call duty. Additionally:
  • Generous compensation package
  • Surgeon plans his or her own availability
  • Dedicated personal technician
  • A "surgeon-managed/owned" practice
  • Base hospital for consultations, arthroscopy and non-mobile procedures
The ideal candidate is personable, and is skilled at soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
Contact Dr. Scott Hammel at: or 612-247-5280


Ambulatory Surgical Referral Practice for Sale or Associate
Metro Washington DC / Baltimore / Northern Virginia
Owner retiring after 30 years : Includes all equipment and instrumentation
Synthes, Stryker, 3-M , Imex, Biomedtrix, Arthrex
Net > $300,000 working 3 days a week 40 + weeks / year
Certified Technician if desired
Excellent Hospital Base
Contact :


Board-Certified Surgeons or Individuals Who Completed Surgery Residency Training, BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners is seeking board-certified surgeons or individuals who have completed surgery residency training. FT and Locum opportunities are available. BluePearl has a sole focus on specialty and emergency care and is one of the largest private employers of veterinary specialists. With more than 70 hospitals stretching from the redwoods of the Pacific Northwest to the skyscrapers of the Northeast to the sandy beaches in the Florida coast, we have an opportunity where you want to be!
For more information, please email Dr. Sonja Olson at
BluePearl is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details, go to


Small Animal Orthopedic Surgeon, West Los Angeles, California
VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital is seeking applications for a small animal orthopedic surgeon. Preference will be given to candidates who are board-certified. Our staff includes 52 veterinarians with specialists in internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, behavior and rehabilitation/integrative medicine.
Preference will be given to individuals with a strong interest and demonstrated competency in orthopedic surgery including joint replacement and arthroscopic procedures. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, 401K retirement plan, health insurance, paid vacation and compensation for continuing education.
Please send curriculum vitae to Dr Nicole Buote, DVM, DACVS, E-mail:


Surgeon, Dallas, Texas
We are currently seeking a surgeon at DVSC in Dallas, TX, a Compassion-First network hospital.
Join a staff of 13 surgeons working a great schedule.
Compassion-First Pet Hospitals provides a platform for your dreams by valuing individuality and innovation at the practice level, while recognizing the power and promise of collaboration.
Everything is bigger in Texas and Dallas-Ft. Worth is the 4th largest in the USA. You'll find everything a big city has to offer alongside plenty of outdoor activity and bar-b-que!
To begin your journey send a CV to:
Patrick O'Keefe, LVT: 973-986-0620


Entrepreneurial Experienced Surgeon Opportunity, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Join us in Fredericksburg, VA where you can be the hero. The rDVM community needs you to manage a large caseload for them. No on call, 4 day week, generous compensation and a dynamite surgical staff. 24/7 ER, Rehab with underwater treadmill and more.
Fredericksburg is a great community steeped in history, within an hour of any outdoor activity you enjoy. An hour from D.C., Charlottesville (UVA) and Richmond, VA.
If this matches the next step on your career path, contact me for more info.
Patrick O'Keefe:


Small Animal Surgeon, Boston Area Hospital
Boston West is seeking a small animal surgeon to join our Emergency and Specialty Referral hospital in Natick, MA.
Located close to Boston, Boston West offers a highly collaborative culture that strives for excellence, is optimistic, collaborative, and supportive.
Boston West is a 10,000 square foot open concept facility with two surgical suites equipped for general soft tissue, orthopedic surgeries, and minimally invasive surgeries. We are also equipped with digital radiology, ultrasound, and on-site CT. MRI and fluoroscopy capability are available at our in-network hospital 20 miles away.
To find out more about this opportunity or to apply, click here.

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